Welp, the Renfrew and Minoru patterns came in the mail (so fast!), so I put the Pendrell back on the shelf. I don't think I will EVER get to that pattern, the poor thing!
Here's my charcoal sweater knit Renfrew!
I'm sorry I cropped my head out again... My mommasita took like 14 pictures and I'm a hot mess in all of them. I blame it on the cold. :)
So I LOVE this top! It was a breeze to sew - there are so few steps and pattern pieces. Lovely! Will be making heaps of them! However, it came out too tight and too short for what I prefer. This was entirely my fault, and here's why:
I serged the seams with reckless crazylady abandon. After I read Amanda's review of the pattern, and warning to take serious heed of the 5/8" seam allowance, I was worried that I'd serge pewnie seams and end up with a big ol' grey sweatshirt, essentially. So I overdid it and I could probably make a new Renfrew from the scraps leftover from my overzealous serging. :)
Also, this is a problem:
Red circles - My measurements.
Pink circle - Hoorah for averaging!
Yeah-no, that didn't really work out! I should have graded up in the bust and down in the hips and waist instead of just cutting a straight 10. Patience fail. But I will make others and grade them to fit my shape better!
Dressform, you lie.
The fabric I used was a sweater knit with one-way stretch (from Joann's ages ago). I don't think that helped me out either. Methinks the width-wise stretch sort of pulled up the tops' length, if ya know what I'm saying. It's too tight on my bust, that's what I'm saying. Blerg.
But hey, I still love it, and it's totally wearable! I super duper recommend this pattern - it's a perfect wardrobe builder. Check out the Sewaholic Patterns Flickr Group to see some other versions of this pattern & the others! Good stuff. :)